I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at VMware in November 2013.
Interview Details – I applied on their website and two groups wanted to talk to me. After one phone screen, I decided one position didn't appeal to me and I told them as much. I had two phone screens, one with a hiring manager who talked about the position and basically asking the behavioral questions. The second phone screen was a coding interview with collaboration software. Once I cleared the phone screen, I was asked to visit their campus for on site interview. People were generally nice and helpful(I couldn't locate the office building, one of the employees actually walked me upto the building to show it). The onsite interview was smooth, clean and to the point. They were very courteous and polite. After the onsite interview, I was told that they will inform me about the decision. Since it was the week before thanksgiving, They didn't reach out to me till the next week when they told me that they are yet to make a decision. I was told that I am in strong contention and they were trying to decide between me and an internal candidate. Since I had another offer, I didn't persue this any further.
Interview Question – How do you design a software switch. Check if a binary tree is binary search tree Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at VMware in November 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through the VMWare website. I heard back from a recruiter within 2 weeks of applying.
Step 1>There was a high level non technical conversation with the recruiter. Stuff like whats your background, what are you looking for and so on.
A few days later the recruiter called back to schedule a phone screen.
Step 2> The phone screen was 15 minutes long. They asked me some questions on C#, SQL, asp.net mvc and other stuff that was there on my resume. Nothing too hard.
Few days later the recruiter called back to schedule an in person interview. I asked for a date 1 week later and they were okay with it.
Step 3>The in person interview was about 5-6 hours of back to back interviews. All the interviewers were extremely polite. They made me very comfortable. During the interview they even helped me a few times when I got stuck. However I must say that this was the toughest interview I ever attended. The interview involves a lot of white board coding. There were obviously many questions based on what was there in my resume, besides that these are the general areas that they targeted
Questions on my master's thesis ( which I submitted 7 years ago!)
Many algorithm based questions (code in your language of choice).
Low level questions on memory management.
Design/Architecture based questions.
There was a question where they asked me to pick flaws in the architecture of a certain system.
At the end of the interview I was about 70% confident that I would get an offer. (The 30% doubt was there because they had to help me a few times along the way)
Step 4> About 2 days later I got a call from the recruiter with an offer.
Interview Question – Using minimum memory, write a program that can fit a dictionary inside the smallest possible crossword (words have to make sense horizontally as well as vertically). Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They gave a very generous (due to the benefits) offer and I did not even try to negotiate.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at VMware in July 2010.
Interview Details – Was recruited by their headhunter. Met with a few people, hiring manager 3 times total.
Interview Question – I really don't remember it being all that difficult. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I didn't really need to negotiate. I wanted the job and they wanted me.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at VMware.
Interview Details – Most of the initial process went through my school which sent my resume to the company. Once the company reviewed my resume they scheduled a face to face interview. It was a 30 minute interview, with some candidates going through 2. The questions were fairly simple: experience, leadership, "how would you solve...", etc."
Interview Question – Nothing really, everything was fairly standard. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 3 days - interviewed at VMware in September 2012.
Interview Details – I was blown away by the speed and nimbleness of the process. I happened to have an open day in Silicon valley, called the hiring manager for the role I was interested in and she managed to set up 5 interviews and get things dialed in within 2 days. I went from having a job-in-hand at another company the day before to doing a complete 180 and joining VMware with an option to work remotely. I did have prior knowledge and experience with the company as a consultant so I knew I loved the place and they knew me, but it's still a testament to the 'crank it out/get er done' culture at VMware that this could happen so quickly and seamlessly.
On the HR side, I found the recruiting support person (happened to be from Austin, TX) to be incredibly helpful and responsive. She and I were able to have a very open and honest dialogue and I'm happy where I landed.
Interview Question – Fairly informal interview process; I don't feel ok getting into more details than that. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Pretty comfortable and good. My prior salary helped set the bar and they were open (in this case) to flexible work arrangements. I had a really helpful conversation with the recruiter that helped me negotiate a good salary, while staying within the bounds of 'normal' so I don't shoot myself in the foot later by coming in too high and leaving myself no upward mobiity.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at VMware in October 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted on LinkedIn by a recruiter about a private interview event in my city. The communication was pleasant and informative. I was asked to complete a timed (one hour) coding question online at my convenience. If the coding question went well, then I would be invited to participate at the interview event. I completed the coding question, and submitted my solution. A few days later I received word that they would be not be moving forward with me.
Interview Question – You are given a dictionary, such as /usr/share/dict/words, containing a list of words, one per line. You are also given seven tiles. Each tile is either blank or contains a single lowercase letter (a-z).
List all of the words from the dictionary that can be produced by using some or all of the seven tiles, in any order. A blank tile is a wildcard, and can be used in place of any letter.
Try to use a minimal amount of memory.
1. Find all of the words that can be formed if you don't have to deal with blank tiles. (You may skip this step and go straight to step 2).
2. Find all of the words that can be formed, including those where blank tiles are used as wildcards.
3. Would you do things differently if you had to process several hundred tile sets with the same dictionary? View Answers (2)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at VMware.
Interview Details – The hiring process was intial phone screen. After that it was onsite interview.
Only one person took the Interview.
Interview Question – Unexpected question was like he was more concerned about their requirement and not listening to my experience. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at VMware.
Interview Details – Was contacted by a recruiter through linkedin and there was a technical phone interview scheduled.
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at VMware.
Interview Details – I submitted my application and heard back very quickly, was brought in to a hiring blitz with people of varied backgrounds in which I was asked to prepare a presentation, go through a mock call, and talk about my background.
Interview Question – The mock call was the most difficult because I was the least prepared for it, and I became very nervous. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at VMware.
Interview Details – Once you get passed HR the process is easy. Know what you are talking about, have the relevant experience and you'll be fine.
Interview Question – You need to launch a project in 90 days. What do you do? Answer Question
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